Get your oven ready because this Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Fish is the easiest and best recipe that will win over your guests!
It takes just a few minutes to prepare and with only 3 ingredients! Make this impressive bacon fish that's a delicious one dish wonder!
The flavor that's packed in this bacon wrapped fish, with so little ingredients is truly amazing.
It's an easy meal to make for your seafood loving friends, but this stuffed fish recipe will even win over your friends and family that don't eat much fish. I sure know a handful that I would ship this meal to, if I could!
This dish is packed with flavor from every element. There's a creamy component from the Boursin stuffing, the soft and flaky fish, and of course, the smokey fatty bacon to round out this awesome dish!
Like many other fish recipes on my blog, this recipe was made using freshly caught fish from the Pacific coast and on this particular morning, my husband came home with a flounder (sole). We love our fish dinners like this creamy salmon pasta that's to die for! Or this fresh and juicy whole baked fish!
What type of fish to use for this recipe?
The best choice for a baked stuffed fish recipe is using a thin white fish, such as flounder, tilapia, or the tail-end of cod and halibut.
Choose the tail end whenever possible for thicker fillets, since they're much thinner and easier to stuff and roll.
I used a flounder that my husband caught that morning. Since we're a catch and cook family, all my seafood recipes reflect our fresh catch!
If you don't have flounder readily available at your local market, another great option is cod, or tilapia. You could even get away with a thin cut halibut, or use the tail-end of a fillet, since it's the thinnest. You're going for as thin as possible, so this baked stuffed fish will stay together when rolled.
BACON FISH INGREDIENTS
- Flounder or White fish fillet. Make sure the fillet is as thin as possible. Go for the tail-end of the fish fillet, since it's the thinnest part of the fillet.
If you're hunting down a flounder to purchase, check out your local Asian market. They typically have more unique varieties of fish. Good substitutes for flounder are Tilapia or Cod.
- Boursin cheese. Garlic and herb flavored is what you'll need. Recipes using boursin garlic and herb cheese are sure going to be packed with flavor! And I can't pass up anything that's creamy and garlicky! Find it in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store.
- Bacon. I went with thinly sliced smoked bacon. Avoid thicker cuts since they will take longer to crisp, and won't work for this recipe.
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HOW TO PREP STUFFED FISH IN ADVANCE
You'll want to completely prep this baked fish with bacon recipe and store in the fridge covered, until ready to bake!
Step one - Pat the fillet dry with a paper towel.
Step two - On a clean platter, set the fillet and slather a thick layer of Boursin cheese. Then tightly roll the fillet.
Step three - Start rapping bacon slices around the fillet. Crossing each slice slightly over the next, until the entire fillet is covered.
Step four - Place in a airtight container or on a platter with tightly wrapped plastic wrap to cover. Store until 20 minutes prior to cooking.
TOP TIPS FOR THIS RECIPE
- If the fish has skin, you can remove if you're not fond of the skin. Otherwise you can leave the skin-on in this recipe.
- Pat dry your fish fillet using a paper towel prior to preparing the recipe.
- Add a generous amount of Boursin to each fillet. Some will pour out, so you'll want to make sure you can enough inside the fish. Anything that pours out is scooped up and glazed over the fish to serve.
- For the bacon wrapped fish element to be successful, wrap the bacon around tightly.
- You can prep this recipe and store in the fridge prior to baking. Be mindful of increased baking time if baking right after being removed from the fridge. Otherwise, let sit at room temp for 20 minutes prior to cooking.
WHAT TO PAIR WITH THIS RECIPE
This recipe, like many white fish recipes pairs great with many side dishes and great white wine!
- Side Dishes: Roasted veggies, roasted root veggies, or this fresh Tabouli salad would be a great pairing.
- Drinks: White wine like Viognier, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay make great pairings since they're not too sweet. If you're a beer person, go for an IPA or Pale Ale with this baked fish with bacon recipe, as well as recipes using boursin garlic and herb cheese!
MORE FISH RECIPES
You'll find lots of deliciously crafted fish recipes here.
Like this rosemary parmesan crusted fish, this juicy and addicting Mediterranean baked fish with olives and artichokes or any of the below!
This bacon wrapped fish recipe reminds me of one of my most popular recipes, Clam Jalapeno Poppers.
A great appetizer to share is Crab Rangoon. They're crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and filled with fresh crab!
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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Fish
- 2 6 oz flounder fillets , tilapia and cod are good substitutes
- 1 package of Boursin garlic and herb flavor
- 8 slices of bacon , thin cut
- parsley to garnish
- Place a rack in the center of the oven and reheat to 400°F.
- Dry fillet with a paper towel and spread a generous layer, about ¼ cup of Boursin across each fillet, then roll tightly.
- Wrap tightly with bacon about 4 slices for each fillet, with the seam down, and place in a baking dish. Make sure to cross each slice slightly over the last to create a seamless bacon crust.
- Bake for 10-15 mins, until the temperature reaches 130° degrees. Move an oven rack to the second notch from the top and turn the oven to broil.
- Broil for a minute or two on both sides, until bacon is golden. Serve warm.
- When wrapping the bacon, if it ends towards the top or the sides of the fish, place toothpicks to keep it from falling apart.
- Check your dish close to the 8-minute mark for doneness.
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